Day 1: Aulendorf (D) to Triesenberg (LI)
After the official opening the teams start their tour individually. We start pedalling southwards and after 25 km we cross the city of Ravensburg. After another 25 km we reach the shore of Lake of Constance near Lindau and we do not leave it until we reach Bregenz in Austria. After leaving Bregenz we meet the river Rhine and it will follow us the next two days most of the time. We follow the cycling paths along the river and frequently cross the Austrian-Swiss border when changing the sides of the river. After we entered Liechtenstein we leave the river for today and follow the track, that offers us a last, but challenging climb to our destination high above Vaduz.
Track 2 will detour to the backyard mountain of Bregenz, the Pfänder, with stunning views to the Lake while descening to the lakeside.
Day 2: Triesenberg (LI) to Lenzerheide (CH)
From our starting point high above the Rhine Valley, we first head down to Vaduz, the darling capital of the Principality of Liechtenstein. We meet again the river, which we will follow for around 50 km, enjoying the beauty of the Rhine valley and just an easy incline. In Chur we leave the Rhine Valley and tackle the only, but exhausting challenge on this rather short stage, the ascent to Lenzerheide. Behind the Lenzerheide pass there is a short downhill to the Heidsee, where our today's accommodation is located.
Day 3: Lenzerheide (CH) to Chiavenna (IT)
We pedal relaxed from the Lenzerheide down into the Albula Valley. After the village of Filisur the pass road starts up to the Albula Pass. We now pass the beautiful mountains of the Albula Alps on a (relatively) less trafficed road. Next to us, as a constant companion, the railway tracks of the Rhaetian Railway, which performs numerous spectacular twists and turns on its way to gain height. After 1280 height meters uphill a very challenging descent is waiting for us, which comes up with hairpin curves and steep sections in the last part. Down in La Punt we reach the Inn Valley and pass the famous ski resort of Sant Moritz. A little later we cross the Maloja Pass, which is easy to ride from this side and only a few meters up. With numerous serpentines the descent into the valley starts and after we have crossed the border to Italy, it is not a long way before we finish our day in Chiavenna.
Day 4: Chiavenna (IT) to Erba (IT)
The gorgeous Valchiavenna forms the scenery for our first part of the day and after about 20 km we see the glittering Lake Como for the first time. We now cycle constantly on the coastal road to the south and cross nice villages that invite us for a coffee break or a swim stop in the lake. In Varenna we take the short ferry to Bellagio, where we stuck to the beautyful, but challenging coastal road to Como, the lively center at the southern end. Behind Como we head away from the lake and reach our gorgeous castle for the last night near Erba.
Track 2 is soon climbing uphill behind Bellagio to the well-known Sanctuario della Madonna del Ghisallo and further to the Colma di Sormano. If you want to push yourself the the maximum on the last day, take the 'short cut' at the Muro di Sormano. An average of 17% and a maximum of 25% gradient make the 280 meters up to Colma the Sormano to a truly epic adventure. Despite the beauty of the landscape, every altitude meter noted on the tarmac really hurts, and anyone who masters the wall without walking the bike can slap his shoulders and have an extra beer for these struggles.
Day 5: Erba - Aulendorf (Departure day)
Right after breakfast a shuttle bus will bring us and our bikes back to the tour start in Aulendorf, where everybody starts his journey home individually.
The showed tracks are just a draft and not final! The final tracks will be available around 2 months prior to tour start.
The tracks of the different stages differ in general regarding their length and the climb as well as the surface.
A detailed description can be found here:
Recommended for all kinds of bikes including road bikes. Only paved roads on the track. Shorter and less challenging than track 2.
Recommended in particular for road bikes, the distance is longer and more climb than on track 1.